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Project by Sam Shakouri posted 08-02-2014 01:13 PM 3570 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to produce 6 bobbins for an old spinning wheel. As the original, (the dark one), each bobbin was made of 3 parts, left wheel, right wheel that was attached to a pulley and the shaft that connected the two wheels. I used pen mandrel to turn the shaft. Although, I turned a project like this for the first time, I was happy with the result.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#1 posted 08-02-2014 01:56 PM


Isn’t it great to be able to help contribute to a “lost art”.

Where we live, every year there is a contest called – Sheep to Shaw. The competitors start by shearing the sheep and from there produce a Shaw from the wool all using hand techniques- no power machines.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 08-02-2014 03:19 PM

The project caught my eye and I was wondering if the spools are three parts so as to copy the original, or for some other reason.


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#3 posted 08-02-2014 03:27 PM

Way to go Sam. I’m sure they appreciated it very much. Can’t you imagine trying to do that on a foot powered machine?

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#4 posted 08-03-2014 12:50 AM

Nice job Sam, you could set up a factory but I’m not sure of the demand for bobbins these days. Bit of a shame.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 08-03-2014 01:26 AM

The bobbins look spot on Sam, would be a great feeling to be able to put life back into the spinning wheel.
Nicely turned mate.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#6 posted 08-03-2014 04:22 AM

Very good work, as usual, Sam!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#7 posted 08-06-2014 01:04 AM

Nice ones, Sam. They look like exact duplicates!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 08-17-2018 07:51 PM

Nice work, Sam. They all look amazingly the same, not an easy task. Most vintage spools and bobbins with large end disks relative to the central shaft (including the antique that you copied) were made with all of the grain running parallel to the rotation axis (hole centerline). This was done to avoid adverse effects of humidity changes, apparently a primary concern in the work environment of the day. Turning them from one large piece of wood would be convenient, fast, and satisfy the parallel grain criterion, but the method converted the large central wood volume to waste shavings. The alternative was to fabricate them from three pieces, namely, a center shaft and two end disks. To meet the parallel grain criterion, the disks were cut so that their grain ran perpendicular to the flat surface. Once glued together, the assembly could be turned to shape with minimal waste of wood, since the large central wood volume never existed. Apparently, justification of the more labor-intensive procedure was dependent on the cost of wood waste as compared to the cost of the extra labor. Most vintage wood spindles and bobbins with small relative end disks were turned from a single piece.

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